Event: A Greener Botley

Event: A Greener Botley

Saturday 25th September 2pm to 4pm at Seacourt Hall. Part of the Oxfordshire Great Big Green Week. Come and find out what we can all do to help tackle the climate crisis and create a greener Botley.

Short talks on:
• Climate Action in Botley – what can we do to make a difference?
• ‘Cumnor Fit for the Future’. a new group focused on nature and
climate change issues (https://www.cumnorf4f.org/) – can we do the same?
• Our local wildlife: find out what’s around us
• The launch of the Botley ‘Green Guide’ to the ways we can make a difference in our homes, workplaces and communities.


We’ll discuss what we can do about local issues including:
• Reducing carbon emissions
• Tackling air pollution problems
• Protecting and caring for our green spaces
• Helping people grow food locally
• Using rainwater and tackling flooding issues

Register at https://greenerbotley.eventbrite.co.uk

Road closure, North Hinksey Lane

Road closure, North Hinksey Lane

Temporary Road Closure, Sept 21st to 24th, 24hrs each day

A request has been received from KCD/Thames Water for a temporary road closure to apply to a section of North Hinksey Lane whilst X3 new water connection works are carried out. A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closures and will operate from the 21/09/201  to and including the 24/09/2021 (full closure 24hrs each day).

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor.  A copy of the drawing showing the extent of the closure and also the alternative routes for traffic is attached. Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Dean Bradford of KCD/TW on 07813582164.

Botley GAP running pop-up cafe

Botley GAP running pop-up cafe

Sunday 8th August: come and meet Botley GAP members and two of the artists commissioned to work on the West Way public art project at the pop-up cafe on Louie Memorial Fields 3pm to 5pm.

Botley GAP (Gateway Art Project) has formed to improve the gateway to Botley – the area under the A34 – with a vibrant art project working with our commissioned artist Nor and the community. Although it doesn’t mark any official boundary, that point on the map is a transition and a gateway to Botley and areas beyond and is in desperate need of improvement. Botley GAP is a working party of people who are keen to improve the gateway area as part of the wider project focusing specifically on the gateway area. 

Surgery on the Scout Hut Poll, 18th July

Surgery on the Scout Hut Poll, 18th July

Thank you to everyone who came along to our surgery during the pop-up cafe on Sunday 18th July to discuss questions around the Scout Hut following the Parish Poll. It was great meet everyone who came along and to have a positive face to face discussion. We look forward to further positive dialogue.

Vacancy: Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

Vacancy: Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

UPDATED closing date 9th September: Could you be our new Clerk and RFO?

North Hinksey Parish Council (NHPC) is seeking a committed and enthusiastic professional to become its new Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer (RFO). While these can be separate roles, the current post holder has undertaken both (preferred), but we will also consider job sharing. North Hinksey is a busy Parish at the western boundary of Oxford, benefitting from the city’s history and resources but retaining its own community-minded identity. With a population of c.5000 people and an annual Precept around £100k, we are an active Parish Council with 14 members who provide leisure facilities, green spaces, annual events and local services for the community through 7 committees.

As Clerk you will provide administrative support for all NHPC activities and advise the Council on legal, personnel, planning, and regulatory matters related to Council business. You will attend all Council and Committee meetings, requiring evening work on pre-set days. As a successful applicant you will demonstrate attention to detail, proficiency in Microsoft Office (primarily Word and Excel), a friendly and professional communication style, and excellent organisational and time-management skills. CiLCA qualification and work experience within Local Government are highly desirable.

As Responsible Financial Officer you will administer all of the Council’s financial affairs. This will require experience with financial/accounting practises, a good working knowledge of Receipts and Payments bookkeeping, VAT, payroll processes, and use of commercial accounting software. The Council will support you in any required further training and continuing professional development.

The combined Clerk and RFO appointment is a full-time position of 37 hours per week. We will also consider part-time job share, particularly for applicants with previous Clerk/RFO experience. The successful candidate’s salary will be based on skills and experience and will fall within NJC pay scales 21 to 28 (£26,511 to £32,234 per year, or pro rata for job share), with potential to progress to higher scales in post.

Could you be our new Clerk and RFO, working with North Hinksey Parish Council to support our dynamic community through a range of exciting projects and services? To discuss the post further, please contact the Chairman of NHPC: cllr.caroline.potter@gmail.com

A full job description and application form can be found below. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on 9th September.

Audit notice and public access

Audit notice and public access

The unaudited 2020-21 Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) is now published on the Accounts & Budgets page along with the public notice that lays out how to request access to accounting records. Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year and the process for this is outlined in the Public Notice at the top of the page.

Also published on the page is Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2019-20 audit.

New picnic benches

New picnic benches

North Hinksey Parish Council have purchased six picnic benches and installed them in the Louie Memorial  Fields. We hope these will help even more people to enjoy our outside space this summer as well as being useful for the pop-up cafes on Sundays.

Benches outside pavillion
2 benches by fence
Parish Poll results

Parish Poll results

Thank you to everyone who turned out to vote at the Parish Poll held on 9th June . The results are as follows:

  • Turnout 425
  • Electorate 4081 
  • 10.4% turnout

On the motion: Should North Hinksey Parish Council offer 4th Oxford Scouts a new lease of the Scout Hut, restoring their previous rights and ensuring that they can continue to invest in young people and thrive as a large multi-section Scout Group with over 100 members?

  • Yes: 317
  • No: 107
  • 1 disallowed  paper

On the motion: Should North Hinksey Parish Council offer 4th Oxford Scouts a new lease of the Scout Hut, restoring their previous rights?

  • Yes: 316
  • No: 108
  • 1 disallowed  paper.

This will be an agenda item at the next full parish council meeting which begins at 7:30pm on 24th June.

Official notices:

Neighbourhood Plan approved

Neighbourhood Plan approved

The North Hinksey Parish Neighbourhood Plan 2031 was approved in the Referendum held on 6th May by 1434 votes for to 191 against, an approval rate of 88%. Thank you to all who voted and the many people who worked on the Plan over the last seven years. We are pleased to see that the Cumnor Parish Neighbourhood Plan was also approved

For more details about the North Hinksey Parish Neighbourhood Plan 2031 and to download a copy see our Neighbourhood Plan page.

Survey on proposed 20mph zone in Botley

Survey on proposed 20mph zone in Botley

Have your say: Should North Hinksey Parish be a 20mph zone?

This question was proposed by Councillor Alisatair Bastin at the Annual Parish Meeting in March and he requested that the Parish Council should consider holding an online survey in order to gauge parishioners’ opinions more widely. A poll was taken with 87 in favour and 8 against so it was agreed to go ahead with the survey.

Complete the survey here.

Reasons for voting Yes include:

  • Air Quality – it takes more than twice as much energy to go from 0 to 30mph as it does to go from 0 to 20mph, so more than twice as much pollution from exhausts and brake dust. Reducing the speed limit will reduce pollution and improve air quality.
  • Road Safety – 20mph zones reduce injury accidents (including to children) by as much as two thirds. See details here.
  • 20mph is the standard for residential roads in Oxford City since 2009.

Read more about the national Twenty is Plenty campaign at https://www.20splenty.org/